November is as good of a time as any to choose gratitude. Here are tiny ideas to grow gratitude in your daily life. Choose one or a combination of a few that sounds appealing to you and try to implement it this month:
Put a journal on your nightstand. Either first thing in the morning or last thing at night (or both!) take a few moments to write down for what you are grateful.
Change the pictures in your frames. A new picture will catch your eye. Choose photos of people, places and moments that you are grateful for, and send that gratitude out to the world when you look at the photos.
Use bright post-it notes to write down some people and things for which you are thankful. Post them in places that you will see during the day like your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, rearview mirror and computer screen.
Look up. All the way up. Once a day, take a moment to look up to the sky. The universe is big and you are here, alive, experiencing it.
Choose a candle that will represent your gratitude. Light it during a meal or while you are working, intentionally reflecting on the blessings in your life, the people and things that bring light to your life.
We get asked, “How are you?” several times a day. Choose a narrative that puts your state of being in a positive, grateful light. Repeating that story throughout your day can change your lens to one of abundance. For example, instead of, “I am really busy and stressed,” try, “My life is rich and full right now,” or “I’m humming at a high vibration, and it’s exciting.”
Touch wildness at least once a day. Feeling a tree, sitting in grass or making a snowball reminds us that we are creatures in a web of life.
Give a nod to everything. Sit down at your computer and take a moment it give it a nod before you begin. Do the same with your phone, car, washing machine, coffee grinder and pillow. When our amazing tools work we take them for granted. A nod shows respect and grows gratitude.
Set a daily reminder on your phone to pop up, say late in the afternoon when energy may be waning. Close your eyes and conjure up the image of one thing of which you are grateful.
Choose a vase and put paper and a pen by it. Whenever a moment happens that brings gratitude, write it down. Then choose a time, maybe once a week, or on Thanksgiving or New Year’s, to go through them and read them aloud.
Pick an accessory like a bracelet or certain pair of socks that you choose to infuse with gratitude. On days when you need it, clothe yourself in that item and let it remind you to be grateful.
Take some time to set an intention. Maybe it’s one word or the name of a person. You can even choose an issue in the world- anything that will pull you out of yourself for a second. When you become conscious of your breath, at mealtime, in quiet moments, or in the shower, return to your intention to get centered.
Let yourself be surprised. Each morning, commit to being open to surprise. Each evening, reflect on what surprised you that day. Our days are full of delightful surprises, and this posturing will allow us to see them and appreciate them.
Walking through our days with a sense of gratitude can change everything! And it’s contagious. Please share your tips and tricks as well, and report back on how your month of growing gratitude goes! I am thankful for you!